MANLIUS — Leonardo da Vinci made a special visit to Bureau Valley High School recently.
Scott Shepherd, a seasoned actor, talented artist and experienced teacher, performed a “Theatrical Impersonation of Leonardo da Vinci” in an all-school assembly. Through stories, slides, demonstrations and re-enactments with the help of students and teachers, Shepherd explained the life and times of the artist, the history of the time, as well as helping the students to understand Leonardo’s genius.
Leonardo was not only a painter, sculptor and poet, but an inventor of many objects and processes that are utilized today. Shepherd explained the importance of Leonardo’s famous painting, “The Last Supper,” as students and teachers re-enacted each character in the painting. Scott explained the importance of each character’s body language, the technique of one-point perspective and the importance of the moment captured in the painting.
Students also helped Shepherd to demonstrate the process of a winch, his discovery through dissection of the parts of the human body, the process of a pulley and how friction works.
Students and teachers alike gained a new found knowledge of the genius of Leonardo da Vinci as well as an appreciation of live theatre.
The program was made possible by the Bureau Valley Education Foundation through a grant written by Sheila L. Heth, BVHS art instructor.